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Jeep Build Phase 1 Complete

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I’m in the middle of an 8,000 mile road trip that comes before the 80,000 mile road trip of my dreams.  There are so many modifications I want to make to my Jeep, I’ve split the work into three major phases.

I find a home in Calgary for 6 weeks, with my long-time friends Jamie and Ian. Ian has the best garage known to man, and the skills to back it all up. I can’t count how many times a little prod, or encouragement from Ian saved me a massive amount of work.

I spend many 10 hour days in the garage, slowly chipping away at everything I want to get done on the Jeep:

The reasoning and rationale for everything I’ve done, and will do, is now online in the new edition of JPFreek Magazine check it out to understand my madness.

After removing the backseat, carpet and trim

After removing the backseat, carpet and trim

Reg cutting the roll bar - I was very hesitant and didn't want to do it myself

Reg cutting the roll bar – I was very hesitant and didn’t want to do it myself

The modified roll bar

The modified roll bar

Painless fuse block mounted

Painless fuse block mounted

Heat and Sound insulation on the floor (under the front seats too)

Heat and Sound insulation on the floor (under the front seats too)

The design for the cabinets my Dad and I created.

The design for the cabinets my Dad and I created.

Cabinet work in progress - I can easily pick these up with one hand

Cabinet work in progress – I can easily pick these up with one hand

Right hand side compelte

Right hand side complete

Cabinets finished, stacked as a kitchen bench

Cabinets finished, stacked as a kitchen bench

Converted to a sleeping platform

Converted to a sleeping platform

The sleeping platform and Dometic CFX-35 fridge

The sleeping platform and Dometic CFX-35 fridge

Huge thanks to my Calgary family: Melissa, Reg, Jamie, Ian, Oscar and the whole crew. The saying “I couldn’t have done it without you” has never been more true.

-Dan

P.S. Checkout my spread in JPFreek Magazine!

JPFreek Magazine spread

JPFreek Magazine spread – click to view magazine

10 Responses

  1. Bryon says:

    This build is awesome! Congrats on making it happen. Hope our paths cross again soon.

  2. Mike says:

    Are you adding a camper type top? If not you may want to add some cross bracing to the cage. Or it will fold should you roll hard.

  3. Dad says:

    Top job Dan. It all looks very professional. Keep pushing the agenda. Keen to see it all finished. Dad.

    • Dan says:

      Thanks Dad, I couldn’t have done it without our late night planning sessions back at the start of the year.

      It turned out almost exactly like we planned – the only difference is that it’s all mirrored so the fridge is behind the passenger seat rather than the driver’s.

      Thanks for all the help and input!

      -Dan

  4. sareh says:

    It is very nice. Thank you dan for telling us about your trip

  5. Troy says:

    Looking awesome Dan!

  6. Sam says:

    Hi Dan,

    I love what you’re doing, but from a safety standpoint cannot stress enough that your cage is NOT structurally sound and if you should roll, you are going to have a big problem on your hands.

    The way the pipe was just welded end to end is a huge weak point and will fold very easily. Additionally, the rear cross bar will probably just tear off since it is not between the two sides that would be bearing the load. Lastly, it needs to be reinforced. Have you ever built a wooden rectangle and found it very wobbly? This is the same concept, just magnified a bit.

    I don’t mean to be the bad guy, but would hate to see a fellow Jeeper end up hurt! The money you’re putting into the venture should allow you to cheap our on a primary safety point of the very center of your trip.

    • Dan says:

      Hey Sam,

      Thanks for the input. I built the cage like primarily that to get it out of the way.
      Also remember there is no backseat in the Jeep, so I only have to worry about two people in the front in the event of a roll over.
      As long as the front is a strong as stock, I think I’m good. I didn’t modify the front at all.

      -Dan

  1. September 2, 2015

    […] including Dometic CFX-35 Fridge – which has been amazing. Tons more pictures on my site: http://theroadchoseme.com/jeep-build-phase-1-complete The whole story, pictures and reasoning for it all are in the new edition of JPFreek Magazine […]

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